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The Culture of Sparta
Book Review by Vic Kovacs

The Culture of Sparta

As part of a series titled Ancient Cultures and Civilizations, The Culture of Sparta by Vic Kovacs aims to present a simple, accessible overview of ancient Sparta. The volume is oriented towards a younger, K-12 audience. At only 31 pages...
The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World

The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World has a hefty price tag but as a compendium of stand alone chapters, each written by an expert in their respective field, the information packed within its 900-odd pages offers good value...
The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika

Hellenika covers 411-362BC, the final years and aftermath of the Peloponnesian War.  This edition has everything: maps galore, illustrations, many illustrative photos of ancient sites (in b&w), footnotes, detailed appendixes of other...
The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies

Another excellent book from the Oxford Handbook series with sixty-eight chapters arranged by theme, each written by a leading scholar in that particular field. Topics covered include literature, theatre, politics, philosophy, warfare, trade...
The Landmark Thucydides
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Landmark Thucydides

Covering the conflict between Sparta and Athens and their respective allies in the 5th century BCE this is a fascinating insight into ancient Greek politics, war and society in a crucial period of Greece's history.  Not only are...
The Wooden Walls of Thermopylae
Book Review by Nick Brown

The Wooden Walls of Thermopylae

When one thinks of historical military fiction, the mind perhaps turns to the great works of established authors like Michael Shaara, Bernard Cornwell, and C.S.Forester, to name a few. Their works, as a foundation, have literally stacks full...
A Companion to the Classical Greek World
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

A Companion to the Classical Greek World

An excellent and comprehensive overview of the Greek world from the early 5th to late 4th century  BCE. Divided into 27 chapters, each written by an expert in the field, all the major themes of Classical Greece are covered: politics...
A Strategist in Exile: Xenophon and the Death of Thucydides
Book Review by Rainer Nickel

A Strategist in Exile: Xenophon and the Death of Thucydides

Nickel begins by setting up the historical background for his narrative. He explains that Xenophon is invited on a journey to Persia by his friend Proxenus in 401 BC. This journey was actually to become the military adventure known as...
Ancient Greek Warship: 500-322 BC (New Vanguard)
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

Ancient Greek Warship: 500-322 BC (New Vanguard)

Another fine Osprey book covering ancient greek warships from 500-322BC with sections on origins, design, construction, crew, armament and tactics, the Athenian navy, key battles, and the Olympias modern reconstruction project. A mix of colour...
Hundred Years' War
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Hundred Years' War

The Hundred Years' War (1337-1453 CE) was an intermittent conflict between England and France which ran on for 116 years. The war began principally because King Edward III of England (r. 1327-1377 CE) and Philip VI of France (r...